Developing good sports

St Stephen’s School students have started a unique and innovative sporting program that will help to turn them into sporting stars of the future.

Aspiring athletes from the School’s Carramar campus tested their balance, flexibility, strength and agility at the launch of the Campus’ Athlete Development Program (ADP) last week (February 6).

More than 25 students from Year 7 and 8 were selected into the new ADP program, with sporting backgrounds ranging from soccer, gymnastics, AFL, netball and athletics. Their initial session included a functional movement screening with program partners Athletic Institute, where they were put through a series of activities and measurements to form a tailored movement plan according to their individual needs, goals and capabilities.

Running alongside the School’s cross-campus Elite Athlete Program (offered at Carramar at Duncraig), the new ADP (currently only available at Carramar) offers transferable skills in movement principles and wellbeing.

St Stephen’s School Carramar Head of Health and Physical Education Mr Craig Thomas said sport can be demanding on the body and the mind and the ADP would equip students with skills to support them in their chosen sport and further in the sporting industry.

“The program is unique in that it does not focus on one particular sport but instead aims to provide training and education that will complement each student’s sports training program,” Mr Thomas said.

He said the program aims included enhancing knowledge of what drives performance, physical literacy, specialised training in areas of physiology and sports psychology and how to achieve balance between demanding training schedules and success at school.

“The course focuses on movement principles and wellbeing and over the course of the year, students will have the opportunity to experience sessions that consolidate crucial functional movement skills, explore healthy nutrition, engage in mental skills training and increase their speed and agility.”

Principal Mrs Donella Beare said the ADP was another extension of how St Stephen’s School fostered a personalised approach to learning and providing students with realistic and transferable skills, setting them up for a bright future.

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